Our Staff

WCT’s Hard-Working (mostly volunteer) Staff

Jason Edington, Kyle Sickler, Karen Seydel, Mike A’Dair, Don Samson, Mary Burns, Steve Marston, Gloriann Lucero, Jessica Cronin

President – Creek Norris
Vice President  –
Treasurer – Kitty Norris
Secretary – Gretchen Moore
Karen Seydel, Kyle Sickler, Steve Marston, Jason Edington

Chrystina Patterson –  MANAGING DIRECTOR


Mike A’Dair – PRODUCER



WCT 2017 Board and Staff

Front L – R:  Mike A’Dair, Mary Burns, Tara Logan, Karen Seydel

Back L – R:   Creek Norris, Steve Hellman, Kitty Norris, Gretchen Moore, Steve Marston

Missing from Photo:  Chrystina Patterson, Kyle Sickler, Jason Edington, Kathy de Bane

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September 2017

Lifetime Service Award  for 2016 Recipient Dave Watts

Dave began his involvement with the WCT in 1988 playing the villain, Wyndermere Hightower, in The Curse of the Aching Heart. He has also appeared in The Music Man, The Spider’s Web, Oliver!, Random Acts of Comedy, as Ebenezer Scrooge in a reading of A Christmas Carol in 1997, The Diary of Anne Frank, Love Letters, and as the Earl of Kent in a WCT reading of King Lear, and most recently as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (2016).
Dave has been on the WCT Board of Directors, helped to build the WCT Playhouse, and has been a publicist, prop builder and a riser hand, that is, part of the crew of guys had to build up and tear down an array of wooden platforms upon which our audience members could sit, when we performed our plays at the Little Lake Grange and the Methodist Church, from 1986 to 1992.



June 2017

Office Manager Christina Gamble Moving On

After 15 years working for Willits Community Theatre, office manager Christina Gamble is moving on. She will leave her position at the end of June when she and her husband Bert make final preparations to relocate their household and pets to Midland, Texas. 

Photo by Steve Hellman

While Christina expresses excitement over her move, she admits that leaving WCT is a big deal for her. As the longest-running office manager at WCT, Christina has been the anchor behind the scenes through 15 seasons, diligently covering accounts, payroll, coordinating raffles and other fundraising efforts, and seeing to all the little details that come with holding down the front office of our performing arts center. Christina first came to work at WCT as a young mother. 

“My kids had started school,” she says, “and I needed something to do.” 

Asked what it has been like working at WCT, she confides, “I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s meant being a part of the community, having a role with the service organizations that support the theatre. It’s been great.” 

Her three children are now grown and on their own. Her husband was offered a job transfer with regular, steady hours with a major oil company, so the Gambles decided it was time to pull up stakes and head for the flatlands of mid-state Texas. Christina will be sorely missed. 

“Christina has been a wonderful anchor at the office,” says WCT Board Treasurer Kitty Norris. “She’s done so much of our detail work all these years and managed the office really well.” 

Current Managing Director Beth Rosen says, “It’s been a delight to work with Christina over the years and she will be sorely missed.” 

For the moment, 

Christina is looking forward to her new life. With her characteristic smile, she says, “I’ll be a stay at home mom again and babysit the twins.” 

The twins? 

Christina and Bert have two miniature dachshunds, Daisy and Duke.

And what about Texas? “I already have the boots,” Christina declares proudly, and she smiles her smile that has seen so many actors, producers, directors, stage workers, musicians, community activists and patrons through the process of staging and enjoying the sheer pleasures at the WCT playhouse. 

Christina with Daisy and Duke

Christina Gamble will be sorely missed and we wish her and Bert and the dogs our very best!

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Kevin portrait color

Lifetime Service Award
Recipient for 2015
Kevin H. C. Moore
Recent roles at WCT include Dr. Einstein in Arsenic And Old Lace, the Russian spy in See How They Run, Tito Morelli in Lend Me A Tenor, and Father Kelleher/Buzzy in Catch Me If You Can. Kevin is a regular designer of sets and lighting here at WCT . He made his WCT directing debut here in our last play, Beside Yourself. He has also performed with Ukiah Players Theatre as Owen Musser in The Foreigner.

Kevin has an MFA in Theatrical Design from the University of New Orleans and a BA in Dramatic Art from UCSB. He was the Technical Director for the Spartanburg Little Theatre and Youth Theatre in South Carolina for 11 years before moving to Willits and has taught at several colleges and universities. Kevin has been involved in theatre for over 40 years and has worked either backstage or onstage on over 300 productions with various companies.

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Christopher Martin receives Lifetime Service Award

Christopher Martin 2010

Longtime volunteer and actor Christopher Martin received a Lifetime Service Award from Willits Community Theatre at its annual Gala Event on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 8pm. The special performance of the current production of the WCT crime caper farce “Kill Me, Deadly” included food and drinks beforehand at 7pm for the theatre’s Lovers and Angels donors and then a presentation of the award to Martin.
Martin was honored for his more than 10 years of volunteer and stage performance work for WCT. Board of Directors member Kitty Norris says Martin was selected for his years of superlative contributions, including acting, stage managing shows and running lights and sound for productions. Norris says, “Christopher is so terrific, for all the many capacities that he’s served our theatre.”
Martin first acted in the 2004 WCT production of “Cooking With Gus.” His stage performances went on to include roles in “The Constant Wife” (2006), “Cactus Flower” (2007), “The Grass is Greener” (2008), “Alone Together” (2009), “Sylvia” (2010) and “My Three Angels” (2011). Martin also performed in staged readings of “Blithe Spirit” and Educating Rita.” His work with WCT has included stage managing productions of “Maiden and Prayer,” Willits Live” and “Greater Tuna.” Director Bill Barksdale says of Martin, “He’s absolutely one of those marvelous people who is both funny and kind and who also gives so much to our community.”

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